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    Need help picking a Chef's knife

    Hi everyone
    I need help choosing a chef's knife and I'd appreciate your help
    I filled the Questionnaire:

    LOCATION
    What country are you in? Israel



    KNIFE TYPE
    What type of knife are you interested in? Chef's knife

    Are you right or left handed? Right hand

    Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle? Both will be fine

    What length of knife (blade) are you interested in? 240mm

    Do you require a stainless knife? (Yes or no) Yes

    What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife? 300



    KNIFE USE
    Do you primarily intend to use this knife at home or a professional environment? professional environment

    What are the main tasks you primarily intend to use the knife for: slicing/chopping vegetables

    What knife, if any, are you replacing? A $50 Euro style Chef's knife

    Do you have a particular grip that you primarily use? Pinch Grip

    What cutting motions do you primarily use? Push cut, Rocking motion, Slice

    Comfort I want it to be very comfortable, medium weight, rounded spine.

    Ease of Use: Good food release, smooth rocking

    Edge Retention: Very good retention



    KNIFE MAINTENANCE
    Do you use a bamboo, wood, rubber, or synthetic cutting board? (Yes or no.) Yes

    Do you sharpen your own knives? (Yes or no.) No

    If not, are you interested in learning how to sharpen your knives? (Yes or no.) Yes

    Are you interested in purchasing sharpening products for your knives? (Yes or no.) Yes, very much.

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    Greetings Itzhak! I don't know much about stainless knives, but trust the vendor of these to provide nothing but quality knives. You could also order a waterstone from the same source and still come in right around budget including shipping (I believe). I'm sure you will hear from others who can help more, but wish you luck in your search. If you had a higher budget then I might recommend contacting these folks who make knives in your country.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    Greetings Itzhak! I don't know much about stainless knives, but trust the vendor of these to provide nothing but quality knives. You could also order a waterstone from the same source and still come in right around budget including shipping (I believe). I'm sure you will hear from others who can help more, but wish you luck in your search. If you had a higher budget then I might recommend contacting these folks who make knives in your country.

    Cheers!


    Thank you
    I will look into the link you gave
    And wow I had no idea people in Israel make these kind of knives. I will check them out. Thanks again

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    Thank you guys
    And thanks for the links, I will check it out.
    Also, I need a recommendation for sharpening stones.
    I want to buy a few stones of around 300 grit, 1000 grit, 2000 and 3000 grit and a lapping stone. Any recommendations ?
    Thanks,
    Itzhak

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    Do you have a budget for the stones?

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    Yes. Sorry forgot to mention. Around $200

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    First I will say that you do not need 1K 2K and 3K stones all at once.
    The rule of thumb seems to be:
    1K and 5K to start and for lower grit it's recommended nothing for the beginners as the damage you can do with it might be quite big.

    But if you want a lower grit stone right away you might want to consider a DMT or Atoma diamond plates as they will combine the coarse grit stone with lapping plate.

    I did not try enough stones to recommend from my own experience but if you ask me for this budget I would say:
    DMT XC
    Bester 1200
    Suheiro Rika 5K or Naniwa SS 5K

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    Thanks for the help. However the shop I am buying from doesn't have these stones.
    It is most useful for me to choose from this: website
    Maybe someone can advice me with about stones from this shop

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    Yes you do have some of them on that web
    Bester 1200: http://shoei-do.net/index.php?main_p...roducts_id=546
    Naniwa SS 5K: http://shoei-do.net/index.php?main_p...roducts_id=322

    If you do want to go lower grit waterstone route I would go:
    Chosera 400: http://shoei-do.net/index.php?main_p...roducts_id=234
    or
    Shapton pro 320: http://shoei-do.net/index.php?main_p...roducts_id=284

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